I, Spiros, G. Raftis, at age 26, started a manufacturing business because I was fired. I had no business plan, no real product, and more importantly, very little money -I was devastated. I had devoted maximum effort, abilities, and long hours as a salesman for the owners of the company; in fact, I bought shares. I was an owner and was fired. My decision to start my own business was to: PREVENT GETTING RIPPED OFF AGAIN. I was convinced I could do it. OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS AFFORDS THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY OF BEING DIRECTLY REWARDED - THE MAXIMUM RETURN OF ONE'S ABILTIY. I wrote this book to share practical advice with anyone starting a business. This is a no-nonsense book with non-MA-theories. More practical advise than theory. Most of the messages, lessons, and Chapters within are my experiences. I did not anticipate most of these events. I know now going into business one will have to face most of what is written in these pages. For example, I thought after one year in business, getting a loan from a bank would be easy. Instead, I got a lesson from my banker. I still remember his words: "Spiros, if something happens to you, how does the bank get back the money it loaned you for your valve business? The bank does not want to run a valve company." The pages repeat ideas that have been proven to be valuable for anyone seeking success in starting a business. It is a must-read, must-buy book.